To the Editor:
I find the television ads about curriculum changes that may happen in Maine if the new law allowing same sex marriage is not stopped very scary.
I called a friend who teaches first grade in Massachusetts to ask her about changes in their curriculum after same sex marriage became the law. She said there had been no changes. There had always been curriculum written about families for teachers to use if needed. She said she had never needed to use it.
Maine of course would decide for itself if there needed to be changes or a new curriculum written. I trust any committee entrusted with this responsibility would be composed of Mainers representing all points of view and that their decisions would be sensitive to all viewpoints.
A neighbor here who teaches fourth and fifth grade and does not support same sex marriage says according to the law she must answer her students questions truthfully. That is the best policy for every question and any age level. There is no reason not to trust our teachers or our curriculum committee to do what is right for Maine children.
Let’s not let outsiders scare us with their fears, especially when they don’t know the facts.
Susan Williamson, Jefferson